Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lawmakers push corrections reform for mentally ill inmates

Shaken by a September visit to a wing for severely mentally ill inmates at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, a group of lawmakers has begun to press for reforms to the corrections system.
http://digital.vpr.net/post/lawmakers-push-corrections-reform-mentally-ill-inmates#stream/0

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  1. Unfortunately nothing has changed over the past 50 years. For those of you old enough to remember, back in the 1960s, the authorities in most states (including Vermont) started shutting down state mental institutions and a lot of these people were pushed out to the street (the euphemism is "halfway houses"). Why should anyone, including our so-called enlightened leaders, be surprised that we have had a raft of homeless people and many of them have ended up in the Legal system which isn't geared to deal with the mentally ill? I can't condemn our "know-all" leaders enough who set up this miserable situation and continue to keep it afloat.

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    1. You are so right on 1:54. Many of our "know all" leaders who are now looking into this are still busy patting themselves on the back for closing and downsizing the institutions that were geared to deal with these issues. That's not to say that there was no reform needed in how they were run, but not all people with severe mental illness can be best served in the community. Yet this was, and is the mind frame of the mental and developmental health systems from at least the State on down. The average taxpayer would be shocked at the yearly cost of serving some of these individuals in community settings.

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    2. Your know-it-all leaders will gladly resolve this matter for you. All you need to do is agree to turn over even more of your hard earned money to them so that they can create yet another enduring bureaucracy to suck you dry! Currently they waste millions and billions on frivolous pursuits and therefore cannot possibly afford to do anything about the more serious problems confronting our state and nation today. Until you give more, they will arrogantly continue to ignore...

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    3. 5:49, those 'know-it-all' leaders are at least theoretically responsible to us - and we are definitely responsible for them. They are much more easily relieved of their positions than the bureaucrats are, and first thing first, eh?

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